Scott Levine
A telescopic view of Saturn and its rings.

Word of the week: Opposition

Opposition marks the middle of the best time of year to see a planet … but why?

Word of the Week: Conjunction

When you hear the word “conjunction” in astronomy, you know it means 2 objects close together on our sky’s dome. This post defines inferior and super conjunctions, plus discusses conjunctions between planets, stars and the moon.

The blue ball of Earth orbits the yellow sun, and a line extending along the plane made by their mutual orbit is drawn outward toward a starry background.

Word of the week: Ecliptic

The ecliptic is the path the sun takes across our sky. It’s the Earth-sun plane, and, more or less, the plane of our solar system. Stargazing tip: Learn the whereabouts of the ecliptic in your sky. You’ll always find the sun, moon and planets on or near it.

Line drawing of SpringTriangle and Sickle

Look for the Spring Triangle

It’s still winter in the Northern Hemisphere. As the cold days slowly get longer, a sure sign of spring is already in our skies.